Ira Combs was awarded the Whitney M. Young Award at the Mid-America Council Annual Recognition Luncheon on April 19, 2012, held at the Scott Conference Center.
The purpose of the Whitney M. Young Jr. Service Award is to recognize outstanding service by an adult individual or an organization for demonstrated involvement in the development and implementation of Scouting opportunities for youth from rural or low-income urban backgrounds – this is in fulfillment of Dr. Young’s dream of just and equality for all.
Ira F. Combs is the Community Liaison Nurse Coordinator for the Center for Reducing Health Disparities at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. In this role, he serves as liaison between the African American community and UNMC, developing relationships in the community, facilitating health care services aimed primarily at screening and interventions for minority and the underserved population.
In 1974, Combs received a B.A. from Grace College of the Bible and a CDA from Iowa Western Community College. He is BLS certified, NHS certified in chemotherapy administration/oncology nursing, ACLS certified and was an ACLS instructor (1992-1995).
He has served the youth in our community as a member of the Black Family Health and Wellness Association, North Omaha Cares Council Butler Gast YMCA Strong Kids Committee, and the NAACP Health Committee.
An Eagle Scout, Ira was a member of Troop 23, Troop 357 and was a member of the summer cam staff at Camp Cedars from 1967-1975.